January 21st, 2009
05:35 PM ET
9 years ago

Biden jabs Roberts for oath flub

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(CNN) - Vice President Biden isn't letting Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts forget about his minor flub while administering the presidential oath of office on Tuesday.

Biden made light of the mishap Wednesday as he was called on to swear in senior members of the White House staff.

"My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts, Chief Justice Roberts," Biden said as he asked for a copy of the oath to read.

Several staffers reacted to the comment with groans and laughter, though President Obama, standing next to Biden, did not crack a smile.

Roberts' mistake came about half way through the 35-word oath, when, reciting from memory, he said the word 'faithfully,' out of order. The flub confused Obama who ultimately repeated the mistake.

But speaking to ABC Tuesday night, the new president didn't fault the man who swore him in.

"We're up there, we've got a lot of stuff on our mind, and he actually helped me out on a couple of stanzas there," he said. "So overall, I think it went relatively smoothly and I'm very grateful to him."

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  1. Pat in IL

    Biden and his wife both need to remember that they are grownups and not just open their moths willy–nilly. I would have thought that they were more sophisticated than that, but I guess not.

    January 21, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |

    this coming from and idiot that is the KING of gaffes..... he should concentrate more on gagging his wife from letting go of all the pillow talk...... he is a door knob and all of the MSM will get there turn...

    January 21, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Mickey Perkins

    Joe Biden is a funny and fun guy and I'm glad he says what he thinks, that's a sign of character, the opposite of guilefulness. He also keeps things light and he is refreshing versus the boilerplate types.

    January 21, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. andrea

    oh come on it was funny i laughed people are way to sensitive

    January 21, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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